Temples and Bathing Ghat at Benares
Edwin Lord Weeks
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Weeks probably painted this seemingly spontaneous sketch of the banks of the Ganges River in the sacred city of Benares during his first extended visit to India, in 1882–83. It most likely served as one of many preparatory studies for his large and important painting The Last Journey, Souvenir of the Ganges, Benares, exhibited to acclaim at the Paris Salon of 1885. Although the broad brushwork of this study is characteristic of his sketches executed on the spot, its size suggests that it may have been painted in his temporary studio in Benares, perhaps with the aid of some of the photographs that he also employed to document his firsthand observations.
Oil on canvas
19 15/16 x 29 15/16 in. (50.6 x 76 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "E. L. Weeks / Benares"
Gift of Walter Prosser
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Edwin Lord Weeks (American, 1849-1903). Temples and Bathing Ghat at Benares, ca. 1883-1885. Oil on canvas, 19 15/16 x 29 15/16 in. (50.6 x 76 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Walter Prosser, 77.150.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.150.1_PS1.jpg)
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